92-year-old volunteer still serves

  • Monday, February 18, 2013

Roper St. Francis Mount Pleasant Hospital volunteer Art Cobert is presented a birthday cake celebrating his 92nd birthday by Fr. David Adams, a MPH chaplain. PHOTO PROVIDED BY JOAN PERRY


Roper St. Francis Mount Pleasant Hospital volunteer Art Cobert turned 92 on Jan. 10.

He also came into work that day.

“It's not every day you see a person reach a milestone of fourscore and 12 years old,” said Chaplain Fr. David Adams, a hospital chaplain. “And even fewer who still work three days a week and walk a mile on the beach every morning with their coffee-drinking buddies.”

As part of Cobert's birthday celebration, Adams organized a card campaign that netted nearly 100 hand-written birthday wishes.

Cobert has served more than 750 hours as an RSFH volunteer, but he has done much more than that for his country. He was a flight engineer, gunner and backup pilot in World War II. And as a member of the 11th Bomb Squadron flew missions in the Pacific theater.

Cobert was twice wounded during his service and is a Purple Heart recipient. And while he wasn't awarded a medal on his birthday this year, Cobert did score a pretty delicious cake.

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